Friday, August 27, 2004

Issue 2 (27 August 2004)

Prayers and thanksgiving for an unchanging God
It is the second Crossroads of the semester! Once again, us fellow crusaders met in LT6 to praise & worship God =) Joshua and Man Yin were our highly entertaining emcees for the evening. Joshua made everyone laugh when he 'exercised' his lusty vocals and made Man Yin swoon on the ground in mock horror.
To kick start the evening, we played Crusade taboo in which we were given a paper with certain words and we had to use words or phrases other than those written there to describe the particular word (sounds confusing but it actually very easy to understand ;-)
We also were privileged to have Juliana, a Crusade staff, give her first Crossroads sermon about how God never changes. In this day and age, it seems that change is the only constant in life. We are perpetually having to cope with one transition after the other...from projects to exams to more projects, more tests and the list goes on & on as the semester workload piles up.
Before we get adjusted to change, things change again and this world becomes more & more relative. Often, moral standards are also compromised and our sense of right & wrong becomes increasingly blurred. We become increasingly jaded to change and think, "If others say it is good, it is good lor." But deep within us, we feel confused, rushed and insecure. Only God can be our anchor & rock in times like these because He never changes! Hebrews (1:12) says, "You remain the same & Your years will never come to an end." Hebrews (13:8) says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." God has been true to His word since the Creation. Whatever He said, it was so and if it was so, it is so and it will be so. God is good all the time! =)
Tonight, our executive committee was formally introduced and called to office during the AGM. Shao Cai, our student co-coordinator gave a speech reminding us of our mission: To make disciples for Christ in NTU & fulfill God’s purpose for us here and that ultimately, it is not our academic achievement or CCA accomplishments that matter the most but that God has changed us for the better.
Last but not least, there is also a new addition to the Crusade corner...A prayer board! Crusaders can post their prayer requests there so that our fellow brothers & sisters in Christ can pray for them. After that, they can post that they have prayed for their fellow crusader under the 'Prayed for' section. There is also a 'Thanksgiving' section for us to post how God has blessed us so as to encourage one another in the Body of Christ. -Rachel

Sound bites from our fellow crusaders

"The message was very useful and applicable to me! It was a good time spent and I feel very refreshed. The prayer board that Kang Guan made is very good, enabling us to bond deeply & to know each other better & to grow as one ministry." Cai Li CEE Year 4

"Shao Cai's speech was quite touching. He shared his life with us and talked about how he missed going for Crossroads because of family problems. For the rest of us, sometimes we don’t feel like coming down because we feel that we have more important things to do like studying and that isn’t good because God comes first!" Yongzhi MPE Year 3

"Crossroads reminded me that God will always stay perfect. His attributes never change & He is whom I can count and depend on. After Shao Cai's message, I realized the need to treasure my parents and be a responsible son to my parents & my heavenly Father." E-James, Acc Year 2

Number of newcomers: 8
Total number of people attendees: 63

Friday, August 20, 2004

Issue 1 (20th August 2004)

A night of FIRSTS

Today marks the FIRST Crossroads of the FIRST semester where we welcomed all the FIRST years (a.k.a Freshies) who joined Crusade...as well as the rest of us oldies. 13 newcomers turned up altogether. Praise the Lord!
The ice breakers really got everyone up & about with us scrambling to find people who were The shortest, The longest, with the emcees Nicholas & Kexin keeping everyone in suspense about what they wanted exactly. The funniest part happened when Kimberly burst out laughing 6 seconds after holding her breath when saying the word Crossroads , thanks & no thanks to Yung who was funny as usual ...hehe :P
The skit about The Giving Tree was funny, yet touching, reminding us that God is always there for us even though many do not always show our gratitude to Him and it is not too late for us to do so! =)
The message, God is Sovereign, shared by Tony, really spoke to many of us here. He is in full control of everything on earth. I was reminded about 3 things:


1) That He is sovereign over the universe

2) He is sovereign over history

3) He is sovereign over current events.


Many times I questioned God & was a very bitter person, condemning myself for not being as good as others in terms of studies and CCA. I used to ask why He did not make me all-rounded like my cousins. Now, I have finally understood that He has shaped me according to the plan that He has for me & it is not for me to question His intentions. Also, no matter what kind of circumstances I face, He is in the driver's seat & will never give me more than I can take. Whenever I am tempted to compare with people and wallow in self-pity, I will always remember that our God has a unique plan for each of us which will be revealed if I seek after Him.

...Rachel....



What our fellow crusaders think about today?

Not bad, quite a good turnout...loved the message & the skit about the tree. Learning that God is in control no matter how bad things seem. Serving God is the BEST thing we can do with our lives! Kimberly, CEE Year 3

Very enriching. The sermon spoke to me especially the part about the potter & the clay. We do not really know the whole picture but God knows the outcome. It inspires me to know more about Him by reading His Word & encouraging people. Clara made quite a good tree ;) Really touching to know that God is always giving though other people take Him for granted. James

I think it was very special because today is my birthday. Did not expect them to surprise me with a bouquet of flowers & I did not know how to react. This is what Crusade is all about. Though my real family cannot be around today, the Crusade family is around for me. Faye, CS Year 2


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